December 19, 2018
Lindsay and Andrew got married on a lovely November day in LaGrange, Georgia. Evan and I had never been to LaGrange before, but we got to stop at several different spots for photographs throughout the wedding day and we loved the quiet charm of this small town!
We started the day at Lindsay’s parent’s house – a gorgeous old home that held so much character and so many memories. When I arrived, Lindsay and her sister, Alyssa, were wearing matching PJ’s. As I photographed them on the steps outside, I could picture them as little kids, running around in similar pajamas. I love that with a single bridesmaid, the atmosphere was calm and the focus was fully on Lindsay.
We took Lindsay’s bridal details to the porch for detail shots. I loved her blue shoes and the history woven throughout her veil. The veil was made with lace from the wedding dress that her mom and both of her dad’s sisters wore, as well as lace from her great grandmother’s nightgown.
I also love seeing old photographs of the bride in her younger years hanging on the wall – it is so special to watch them put on their wedding dress in a room that is full of their own childhood. There was so much meaningful history woven into the fabric of the day, right from the very beginning!
Those memories continued, even as we drove down the street to Hills and Dales Estate – a historic home of the Callaway Family. Lindsay’s sister grew up playing with the little girl that lived there and at one point told us that we were standing over the pool they used to swim in!
The wedding didn’t happen at the Estate, but I’m so glad Lindsay thought ahead to book the gardens for photographs. The mansion and 35 acres of gardens reminded me of the chateaus Evan and I visited in France this summer. If you’re a bride reading this, I hope it reminds you that you’re not stuck taking photos at your wedding venue! It is more than worth it to carve out some extra time to do portraits at a pretty location!
I’m also grateful that Lindsay and Andrew decided to do a First Look! We were able to capture Andrew’s tears up close when he saw Lindsay for the first time. Since we weren’t able to shoot the ceremony from inside, I know they will be so glad to have those emotions captured well.
We were able to photograph the ceremony from the balcony of First United Methodist Church – and there is just something special about those wide shots in a big white chapel! The last stop of the day was at the Highland Country Club, where we arrived just in time for some sunset photos of Lindsay in her veil before they went in and partied to the smooth sounds of the Emerald Empire Band for the rest of the night!
Like I said, it was a beautiful day in LaGrange, and we were so blessed to be a part of it! Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Hammond!
Venues: First United Methodist Church // Hills & Dales // Highland Country Club // Coordinator: Debra Taylor // Florist: Sweet Pea’s Floral Designs of Distinction // Cake: Creme Fraiche // Band: Emerald Empire Band // Hair: Herring House Hair Studio // Makeup: Kinley Taylor // Wedding Dress: Wedding Angels // Bridesmaids Dress: BHLDN // Men’s Wear: Jos. A. Bank
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